The Football Foundation which dishes out cash from the Government, the Premier League and the Football Association in order to help grassroots football has sent me their latest report.
Since 2000 they have handed out hundreds of millions towards various projects designed to improve facilities and increase participation in football and other sports.
In the Manchester County FA area they have handed out 267 grants worth £17,615,080 attracting another £16,879,223 from their partners who also fund these projects. This funded 56 facility improvement projects, 24 artificial grass pitches, 70 grass pitches and 22 changing facilities.
Their website can be found here at www.footballfoundation.org.uk well worth a look if you are involved with a local club.